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New York Times, Monday, May 19, 1997

"It's ___!" (proud parents' phrase)

Author:
Fred Piscop
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Fred Piscop

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FQ} This is puzzle # 76 for Mr. Piscop. NYT links: Across Lite
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© 1997, The New York Times5/19/97 ( No. 17,359 )

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Across
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Meal at boot camp : MESS
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Sell tickets illegally : SCALP
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Sam the ___ of 60's pop : SHAM
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"Beetle Bailey" dog : OTTO
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It's a no-no : TABOO
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Car with a meter : TAXI
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Lose one's nerve : CHICKENOUT
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Israeli guns : UZIS
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Tennis great Rosewall : KEN
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Bohemian : ARTY
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"Gunsmoke" star James : ARNESS
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Vulgar one : SLEAZE
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Tyke : TOT
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70's-80's Yankee pitching ace : GOOSEGOSSAGE
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Imus's medium : RADIO
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Goods : WARES
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"Blue" bird : JAY
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Abba of Israel : EBAN
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Opera headliners : DIVAS
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Stupor : DAZE
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___'easter : NOR
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Sheets, pillowcases, etc. : LINEN
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Put on the payroll : HIRED
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Old instrument of punishment : DUCKINGSTOOL
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"Who ___ you?" : ARE
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Sounded, as a bell : TOLLED
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Prestige : CACHET
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Villa d'___ : ESTE
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Actress Gardner : AVA
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Major league brothers' name : ALOU
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Quaint dance : TURKEYTROT
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"___ the Mood for Love" : IMIN
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Actress Samantha : EGGAR
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Microwave, slangily : NUKE
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Grandmother, affectionately : NANA
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Immunizations : SHOTS
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___ off (plenty mad) : TEED
Down
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Treats cynically : MOCKS
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Lucy's best friend : ETHEL
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Children's author R. L. ___ : STINE
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League: Abbr. : SOC
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Audiophile's setup : STEREO
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Quitter's word : CANT
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"It's ___!" (proud parents' phrase) : ABOY
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Singer Rawls : LOU
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Shepherd's pie ingredients : POTATOES
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Publicity seekers' acts : STUNTS
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Smog : HAZE
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X or Y, on a graph : AXIS
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Ole ___ : MISS
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Nonmusician's musical instrument : KAZOO
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Flagmaker Betsy : ROSS
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Opposed to, in the backwoods : AGIN
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Playground equipment : SWING
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Overhangs : EAVES
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Research money : GRANT
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Not quite shut : AJAR
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Stare, as at a crystal ball : GAZE
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Checked out : EYED
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Pull apart : REND
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"___ Ben Adhem" : ABOU
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Jeanne ___ (French saint) : DARC
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Eating alcoves : DINETTES
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Pickle flavoring : DILL
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Italian money : LIRE
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Nonsense : HOOEY
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Hawaiian medicine man : KAHUNA
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Frolicking animals : OTTERS
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Lash ___ of old westerns : LARUE
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Call forth : EVOKE
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Went out with : DATED
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Old Testament murderer : CAIN
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___ mater : ALMA
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Nickel or copper, but not tin : COIN
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Therefore : ERGO
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Three-player card game : SKAT
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"Yecch!" : UGH
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Blaster's need : TNT

Answer summary: 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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